As many of my readers know, I am at Princeton University this week leading a Gilder-Lehrman Institute seminar for K-8 teachers on “The 13 Colonies.” Last night we had a nice reception/dinner with the teachers and it looks like it is going to be a fun week. They seem eager to explore Princeton (and later in the week Philadelphia) and think about colonial history. Nate McAlister, my co-laborer this week and the real leader/organizer of this seminar, started the night off with some trivia questions from the books I assigned the teachers to read in preparation for the week. One of the questions was “Who was the man who opened an academy in southern New Jersey and got Philip Vickers Fithian started in his pursuit of education?” I was amazed how quickly one of the teachers answered this question. It looks like they have read the material. (Did I mention that I assigned The Way of Improvement Leads Home?). By the way, can you answer this question? Write your answer in the comment section below or on Facebook.
As some of you may also know, there is a seminar over at Princeton Theological Seminary this week on the history of church and state in America. As I walking down Nassau Street last night on my way to the reception I ran into Baylor University’s own Thomas Kidd and his family. It was good to see him and meet his family. Tommy is co-leading this seminar along with Gerald McDermott. It is a very small world.